Saturday, August 27, 2016

Editor's Note

Blogging will be light this weekend. I have been running non-stop for the past few weeks, and I have yet to recover from my trip to Russia last week. It's off to the chalet for some badly needed rest and sleep. When I wake up I will blog .... and when I sleep I will not .... and knowing how much I need this break, I will probably be sleeping most of the time. :)

1 comment:

Jay Farquharson said...

Maybe to make your workload less,

>>Similarly, these same voices describe the Syrian government as an “Alawite regime” that rules and oppresses Sunnis. However, Sunnis are heavily represented at all levels of leadership in Assad’s government. The territory it controls at this point in the war and at all points past is majority Sunni. And the Syrian armed forces are still majority Sunni. Alawites may be overrepresented in the security forces, but all that means is that they get to die more than others. It if it is an “Alawite regime,” isn’t it odd that includes and benefits so many non-Alawites?<<

A two part series at War on the Rocks.

British wars abroad have two enemies. First, the official enemy, portrayed as a monster whom we always battle with noble intentions. But second is the enemy within - us, the public. The danger posed by the public is that we may stop elites doing what they want, hence we are subject to state ‘information operations’ to convey messages and obscure facts, usually via compliant media organisations. Current British policy in Syria, which is having the effect of prolonging the terrible war by supporting forces fighting the regime, involves outright lying by ministers at a level similar to that over Iraq in 2002-3.<<